Once again, the Natural Products Expo East opened its doors to the world of organic and healthy products, this time in Baltimore, MD. It’s a growth industry. Its food sector alone is estimated to exceed over $36 billion in sales, despite the economic downturn of the past five years. Additionally, US non-consumable natural products sales top $60 billion.

At the Expo, currently underway at the Baltimore Convention Center through Saturday, more than 1,600 vendors are showcasing the new trends in natural, organic and healthy lifestyles. It’s a hyper-positive event. These entrepreneurs and retailers are true believers, convinced that their aromatherapy products, acai concoctions, protein powders, energy drinks and organically grown kale will guide to you a better life, if not enlightenment.

Certainly, there seems to be a great preoccupation with the colon, i.e. cleansing it. Apparently, America has a big constipation problem and scores of companies are striving to address it. Also, the state of our skin seems to be a national obsession and every oil, balm, salve, cream and lotion that can be made from an organic fruit, vegetable, or herb is in attendance.

Among the myriad of natural-themed companies, several top canna-businesses are also on the scene! Check 'em out!

Hemp FORCE by Onnit utilizes a rich and complete protein isolated from organic hemp seeds. Containing all of the essential amino acids, all three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and both essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6), the protein profile of hemp seeds makes them one of the most nutritious sources in the plant kingdom. Cocoa and maca root not only enhance the natural flavor of the hemp, but also contain several antioxidant and bioactive compounds beneficial for peak performance. With a touch of stevia, a natural zero calorie sweetener with its own health benefits, Hemp FORCE supplies the body with an all-natural, easily-digestible protein supplement that boasts a nutrition profile unlike any other protein food available.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One” offers unsurpassed liquid and solid soaps, now certified not only under the USDA National Organic Program, but also Fair Trade under IMO’s “Fair for Life” program. Dr. Bronner’s is introducing the new SHIKAKAI (”Shee-kah-kye”) line of elevated organic personal care products, proudly displaying USDA and Fair Trade seals, which join their USDA-certified organic lip balms and lotions. Dr. Bronner’s uses hemp oil as a superfatting ingredient in all its soaps because of its unsurpassed essential fatty acid (EFA) content. Hemp oil makes the lather smoother and is excellent moisturizer.

Cibaderm by HempMedsPX features a cutting-edge skin and hair care line. Every product is infused with 100% natural CBD from sustainably-harvested, non-GMO industrial hemp oil. Cibaderm has taken the science of cannabidiol and blended it with traditional skin and hair care ingredients.

Cibadex is another super product by HempMedPX. it's the most convenient way to add CBD to your daily routine. Cibadex's CBD-rich hemp oil is available in drops, capsules and moisturizing salve.

CanChew gum is a delicious, all-natural gum infused with CBD from hemp oil. It’s a first-of-its-kind CBD product: a patented chewing gum containing naturally-occurring cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp plant. Each piece of CanChew contains 50mg of CBD-rich hemp oil and approximately 10mg of CBD. The formulation is unique, socially acceptable and provides a patient-friendly taste. It’s a masked and convenient delivery format for cannabis/cannabinoid(s) via the oral mucosal membranes.